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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Key Controversies in European Integration

ISBN 9781137006141
Publication Date September 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series The European Union Series

Since its inception the European Union has been a fiercely contested and politically divisive project. In recent years, controversial issues such as EU enlargement, the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, and the fallout from the Eurozone crisis have tested the EU to its limits and divided public opinion in the process.

This innovative volume brings together leading scholars from around the world to debate the nature, current state and future of European integration. The contributors represent the whole spectrum of thinking about the European Union, ranging from pro-European to openly Eurosceptic perspectives. Within the book, chapters present two opposing perspectives on a wide range of controversies. Among the issues discussed are: how efficient is the European Union? Has the European project been a success? Will the Eurozone survive in its present state? And can the EU tame big finance? Guaranteed to illuminate as well as spark debate, this text provides an engaging and incisive overview of the most important issues in contemporary EU politics.

HUBERT ZIMMERMANN is Professor of International Relations, University of Marburg, Germany, and was previously DAAD Visiting Associate Professor, Cornell University, USA. 

ANDREAS DÜR is Professor of International Politics, University of Salzburg, Austria, and Visiting Professor, University College Dublin, Ireland.

1. The European Union: Success or Failure?
Why Europe Works - John McCormick
The End of the European Dream - John Gillingham
2. The Political Efficiency of the EU
The EU as Efficient Polity - Desmond Dinan
The EU: Quick to Regulate, Slow to Adapt - Mats Persson
3. More Powers for Brussels or Renationalization?
A Stronger, More Supranational Union - Derek Beach
The New Intergovernmentalism in EU Governance - Uwe Puetter
4. How Democratic Is The EU?
The Inevitability of a Democratic Deficit - Richard Bellamy
A Democratic Achievement, not just a Democratic Deficit - Christopher Lord
5. Too Much Power for the Judges?
Understanding the European Court's Political Power - Karen Alter
The European Court of Justice: A Strange Institution - Jeremy Radkin
6. Can There Be A Common European Identity?
The Emergence of a European Identity - Ulrike Liebert
A Common European Identity is an Illusion - Jonathan White
7. The Uncertain Future of the Euro
The Euro has a Future! - Amy Verdun
The End of the Euro Mark I: A Sceptical View of European Monetary Union - Tal Sadeh
8. Can The EU Tame Big Finance?
Regulating Financial Services in the EU: A Case of Successful Institutional Learning - Jörn Carsten Gottwald
The Pitfalls of EU Governance in Financial Markets - Daniel Mügge
9. The EU's Cohesion Policy: Reducing Disparities?
Cohesion Policy: Fostering European Integration through Development - Dirk Ahner
A Good Idea that Lost its Way: Cohesion Policy in the EU - Marco Brunazzo and Vincent Della Sala

10. The Big Waste? The Common Agricultural Policy
Europe's Common Values and Agricultural Policy: A Defence of the CAP - Ann-Christin Knudsen
EU Agricultural and Fisheries Policies: An Economic and Environmental Disaster - Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt
11. Foreign Economic Policies: How Much Power for the Lobbyists?
Why Interest Groups dominate EU Foreign Economic Policies - Andreas Dür
EU Foreign Economic Policies: The Autonomy of EU Institutions - Cornelia Woll
12. Does The EU Act as a Normative Power?
The European Union's Normative Power in Global Politics - Ian Manners
Living in a Material World: A Critique of 'Normative Power Europe' - Mark Pollack

13. Turkey and Beyond: Is EU Enlargement A Success Story or Has It Gone Too Far?
The Benefits of EU Enlargement: Stability, Prosperity, and Democracy - Rachel Epstein
EU Enlargement: A Critique - Christopher J. Bickerton
14. Towards A Common European Army?
Defence Integration in the EU: A Successful Vision! - Hanna Ojanen
Flattering to Deceive; The Common Security and Defence Policy - Anand Menon

KAREN J. ALTER Northwestern University, USA
DEREK BEACH University of Aarhus, Denmark
RICHARD BELLAMY University College London, UK
MARCO BRUNAZZO University of Trento, Italy
EUGENIA DA CONCEICAO-HELDT Technical University of Dresden, Germany
VINCENT DELLA SALA University of Trento, Italy
DESMOND DINAN George Mason University, USA
ANDREAS DÜR University of Salzburg, Austria
RACHEL EPSTEIN University of Denver, USA
JOHN GILLINGHAM University of Missouri, USA
JÖRN CARSTEN GOTTWALD Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
ANN-CHRISTINA L. KNUDSEN University of Aarhus, Denmark
ULRIKE LIEBERT University of Bremen, Germany
CHRISTOPHER LORD ARENA Centre for European Studies, Norway
IAN MANNERS Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
JOHN MCCORMICK Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA
ANAND MENON University of Birmingham, UK
DANIEL MÜGGE University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
HANNA OJANEN The Finnish Institute for International Affairs
MARK A. POLLACK Temple University, USA
UWE PUETTER Central European University, Hungary
TAL SADEH Tel-Aviv University, Israel
AMY VERDUN University of Victoria, Canada
JONATHAN WHITE London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
CORNELIA WOLL Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany


'I look forward to teaching from this great new text. An excellent project, well conceived and executed, I even like the parts I disagree with.' - Erik Jones, The Johns Hopkins University (Bologna), Italy
'This innovative textbook… undertakes the challenge of guiding students through hotly contested territory, and will add to the excitement and pedagogical benefit of the journey…[It] should find an important place in the EU teaching armoury.' – Roger Morgan, Times Higher Education
'[A]n interesting and accessible general textbook on European integration… the authors go straight to the point and make clear arguments. They are also always engaging, critical and deliberately provocative.' - Political Studies Review
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